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unfit, or have a criminal record. that is not good enough. we went to topeka, kan., the site of brown versus board. i said i think this is the civil rights issue of our generation. the dividing line is not race or class, but around educational opportunity. if we're serious about closing the achievement gap, we have to close the opportunity gap. i do not think we have had anything near the sense of urgency and commitment to closing those gaps that we need to. to look at the staggering inequities and inequalities, we have to get better faster. all those things compel us to act. the president has provided leadership. he understands what is at stake. congress has been supportive. we have to work on this together and put politics and the ideology aside. we have to educate our way to a better economy. i talk about a cradle to career agenda. we have to start with early childhood education. i could make a compelling case that is the best investment we can make. if we can get our babies into kindergarten and ready to read, we start to close the gaps. if we do not do that, we're playing catch-u
. governor schwarzenegger and brown said we're not going to defend proposition 8 and then they about intervenors. i think the court system is based on these procedures. the court wants to make sure . >> there is a law that says if the president is not going to defend a federal statute, and the attorney general has to write a letter to both houses of congress saying here is why i'm going to take the unusual step of not defending it. they have the right to come in and defend the statute they pass. >> i want to ask you a question. >> we saw all kinds of cases about the rights of detainees in guantanamo bay and how much they have a right to challenge the conditions and how much the court entertain them. the supreme court seems to take no interest in these cases and is content to let them work out the limitations. veryen though they're controversial, at the cases are being well addressed by very well expected -- well-respected courts. as a historical matter, things are settling down. after 9/11 just like any crisis, there is a reaction by government. the government puts things in place qu
scott brown and elizabeth warren appear in the second of four televised debates, live on c-span. in virginia, house majority leader erik cantor debates army colonel wayne powell. then at 8:00 eastern, -- a debate for the open nebraska senate seat. that debate is live on c-span. >> it don't you think it's interesting that in all of these really tough times we talk about these big numbers, the house, the senate and the white house don't reduce their salaries? think about it. >> do you think they should? >> in a company, he would have to. everybody would. it never even comes up. the point being all the things, if that's the condition of our country, and it is, they need to set the first example of making the cut back for themselves. >> watch the entire interview with former presidential candidate ross perot on monday. he is interviewed by a "usa today"'s richard wolfe. he talks about how things have changed since he ran for president in 1992 and 1996. find the article in "usa today" on monday. >> next, the federalist society previews the supreme court's upcoming term that star
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